Sail Date: March 2019
First let me say, we are avid Celebrity Cruisers, or at least used to be. When they introduced the Edge we were excited about something new, BUT they have priced themselves out of the market with the new ships, and they go to awful ports. ... Read More
First let me say, we are avid Celebrity Cruisers, or at least used to be. When they introduced the Edge we were excited about something new, BUT they have priced themselves out of the market with the new ships, and they go to awful ports. So we decided to try and find a new cruise line. We researched and thought Princess would be closest. I guess if you start at the top, its hard to come down. The good things: We had a suite (for our anniversary) which was one of the best layouts we've ever seen. So spacious, and well organized. Our room steward was exceptional...better than any steward OR butler we ever had on Celebrity! The premium dining experience in Sabitinis was worth every penny and more! The staff truly made us feel welcome, and the food was outstanding. The Zumba instructor was one of the best I've ever experienced at sea. The itinerary was great. Its really nice to have the international café open 24 hrs a day. The food is not bad and if you get hungry at 3:30 pm ….you don't have to wait for the buffet to open at 5... The bad things: Priority boarding for suite guests is supposed to exist but it doesn't. You are grouped in with about 300 other guests who are Elite. And if I hadn't caught the mistake the boarding agent made, we wouldn't have even been with Elite people. Same thing happens with "priority debarkation"...it doesn't exist. The buffet was awful...totally cramped with an unworkable layout, bad food, and hardly no selection. The main dining room is hit or miss. The first night we waited almost an hour for our appetizer to be brought to us. Dinner took a total of 1.45 hrs....and we didn't stay for dessert because we were so frustrated. After much debate we decided to give it one more chance. I'm glad we did because the service was much better. The food is edible but not anything to write home about. Again.....some good nights and some bad. Chops Grill was awful. We had veal chops that were tough and tasted like cheap beef. Service was slow and disinterested. The spa (on my trip) was very bad. The $200 facial I received was a joke. Definitely not worth the money. I knew it would be overpriced but I atleast expected a $100 facial for $200. The staff member who did mine, squeezed my head so hard (her idea of a scalp massage) it felt bruised for 3 days after. I did mention it to a manager and she offered a redo the next day, which I canceled because my head hurt so much. The service desk does not speak good English so if you have an issue....good luck. I had purchased a $50 Spa credit (with Credit Card points) before ever boarding. It was never applied to the booking, so I went to the desk to see about it. They had delivered a $50 spa Gift card good ONLY on port days and a $25 OBC to use in ship store, to our room on our anniversary (which was a very nice touch and I should have listed above). But they kept insisting the $50 credit that I purchased was that one. It took me an hour and getting so upset I was in tears, to get them to understand. I kept pointing to the words "a GIFT from Princess Cruises on your special days" imprinted on the card, and the fact that it was only good on Port days. The credit I purchased was good any day. Finally I got through to them, but it still took another day and 5 phone calls to get it fixed. If it had been Celebrity, they would never had argued over a $50 credit with a suite guest.....or any other guest for that matter. I don't know if they just don't understand English very well, or they just didn't care...hard to say. Before that happened we were thinking of giving Princess another chance with a different ship, and went to the future cruise desk. They have ONE person working so its always a wait, but we waited only to get treated like she just could care less. We wanted some recommendations on Alaska...ship size, ports, ect. EVERY question we asked, we were given the response "it just depends on what you want" I wouldn't have asked if I knew what I wanted...duh. We needed some guidance, and she just wanted to rush us out. Needless to say, we didn't book anything, and probably wont. I was so hopeful we would like Princess, but we will just have to try another line. I miss Celebrity but wont pay the inflated prices for the new ships. Love the older ships, but they do the same itinerary's every year, and we just got bored with that. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
The itinerary as well as the 10 days, gives you more time to enjoy activities as well as time to relax. The cruise director, Peter and his staff were wonderful. Alwyn was especially good at his position of assistant cruise director, ... Read More
The itinerary as well as the 10 days, gives you more time to enjoy activities as well as time to relax. The cruise director, Peter and his staff were wonderful. Alwyn was especially good at his position of assistant cruise director, then Song and Will. There was another member and I can’t reme correct spelling or pronunciation, Bongani. We enjoyed about every aspect of the cruise, many games and activities throughout, trivia, karaoke, The Voice, bingo, you name it we did it. Also did 3 Princess excursions that we all enjoyed. Had one of the best experiences ever at The Crown Grill. All in all, a great cruise. I simply loved every to cruise with Princess. My husband and I have cruised 29/30 times. This was our 27th with Princess and we now only travel with Princess. The Crown is somewhat older compared to Regal and Royal, but still a lovely ship. Embarkation and disembarkation went extremely smooth. Our inside cabin was adiquitly furnished with enough shelf, drawer and hanging space, abundance of coat hangers made a world of difference. Had great ports of call where we did 3 Princess excursions. Great cruise with great company. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2019
We wanted a relaxing time away and to warm up!!!. The crew was exceptional especially in the bars and international cafe The Salty Dog Grill had exceptional grilled food and offered a good variety. It could be substituted for main course ... Read More
We wanted a relaxing time away and to warm up!!!. The crew was exceptional especially in the bars and international cafe The Salty Dog Grill had exceptional grilled food and offered a good variety. It could be substituted for main course if you don't want buffet or dining room. The dining room breakfast was good far better than dinner. Service at dinner was always slow. We really enjoyed the buffet. The dinner was different each night with a theme from different countries. It was exceptional. Dining room sit down was so so. Entertainment was fantastic and they offered a variety of venues nightly. The singer and dancers on this ship were very good and voices paired up very well. The highlights were the comedian and the ventriloquist. The both did two shows with the ship using the smaller venue stage which worked out great as they staggered start times between them and the main show in the princess theater. The ports were varied and offered a variety of choices to everyone. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2019
We had been happily anticipating our 10 Day Southern Caribbean Cruise, scheduled for March 27th on the Crown Princess. We had an entire year to look forward to it. We did do a 7 day Eastern over Thanksgiving, however, to break up the ... Read More
We had been happily anticipating our 10 Day Southern Caribbean Cruise, scheduled for March 27th on the Crown Princess. We had an entire year to look forward to it. We did do a 7 day Eastern over Thanksgiving, however, to break up the wait. You may be wondering why I mentioned this, well, you will soon find out just how this played into our cruise story. FLIGHTS: We booked our flights through Southwest, as we really like them. We wanted a direct flight from St Louis, as we needed to fly in the day of the cruise. I know, I know, this can be a problem and we don’t like to do it this way, but we both needed to work on Tuesday, so we didn’t have any other option. Our flight was scheduled to get in at 9:30am, so we had plenty of time in case there were delays. On the Friday before we were scheduled to leave, I was sitting in a work meeting and I received a text from Southwest that our flight was cancelled. Due to the grounding of the 737 Max 8 planes, our plane was rerouted and our flight cancelled. Panic immediately set in! I looked on the app for a different flight, but nothing was showing up that would work, except going in early the day before, which meant taking another day off of work, which was going to be a real hassle. I got on the phone with Southwest (only a 9 minute wait for call back, not bad!) and the rep was wonderful. I explained our dilemma and he put us on a flight that left St Louis at 5:30am going through Orlando. We would be in Orlando by 9, so if there was a problem with our connection, we could rent a car and drive to Ft. Lauderdale. Thankfully, all flights went on schedule and we arrived in Ft Lauderdale by 11:30am. A quick Uber to the port and we would be on the ship! I am a list maker. I have a Cruise Packing List stored on my computer. After 12 cruises, I pretty much have it down to a science on what we need and what we don’t need. I had everything packed up the day before, all ready to go. I went online and checked in for our flights, 24 hours before. I printed our boarding passes, luggage tags and put them in the folder with our passports. I carry this in my purse for ease. When I pulled out both passports, the lady looked at Dan and said “hmmm, you’re not Jack”. I looked and the second passport in my case belonged to my Dad! Somehow, after our cruise with him over Thanksgiving, I mixed up Dad and Dan’s passport. We had Dad’s passport and Dad had Dan’s at his house. THANKFULLY, Dan and I both have passport cards, also, that we always take with us on our cruise. Dan had that in his billfold (I had checked that he had it before we left) and we were good to go. I have to admit, I had a huge knot in my stomach for quite a while, thinking of what COULD have happened. I did double check that I had both passports packed, it just didn’t dawn on me that I had mixed them up 4 months ago. Lesson learned and catastrophe averted! Embarkation Princess does embarkation like a well-oiled machine, in my experience. The Port of Ft. Lauderdale is the easiest one to navigate through, in my opinion. We rarely wait and if we do, it isn’t for very long. Within minutes we were hearing the familiar “DONG” as they scanned our cruise card after we walked across the gang plank. I love that sound! It means rest, relaxation, food and fun! We were off to drop off our carryon, put our stuff in the safe and grab lunch. Susan and Ron (sister-in-law and brother-in-law) were already on the ship, as they did the previous 10 day route before ours, and Ron said that they had coupons for the Crown Grill for buy one, get one free for embarkation night. We went ahead and made reservations and headed to the buffet for a light lunch…..so we would be good and hungry for supper. Crown Grill The Crown Grill is an upcharge restaurant on the ship that you pay $29 each to go to. In past cruises, we have eaten there on the last night, so this was a first for us. I have to say, I wish we had eaten in the Main Dining Room instead. It was Prime Rib night and their prime rib is usually pretty good. The guys ordered steaks and Susan and I ordered Lobster Tails. You could have both, for $10 more dollars, but I decided to just swipe a bite of my husband’s steak instead. We were both disappointed that they don’t serve Lobster Bisque any longer, as we both really enjoyed it in the past. The soup that our waiter recommended, that he said was similar, was not very good. My lobster cake appetizer was quite good, though, and I do recommend it. My lobster tail was quite tasty, but not any better than the ones we ate in the Main Dining Room. In the past, they brought out several sides dishes, served family style. We had really enjoyed that. They also used to bring out lots of toppings for our baked potatoes. This time, the just put a few dollops of sour cream, a few chives and some bacon bits on our potatoes. Not that that was bad, it just wasn’t what we had in the past and what we were expecting. All in all, I didn’t feel it was a bad meal, but I wasn’t wow’d by it, which I was in the past. I don’t feel that it was worth the extra $30 for us to eat there. AnyTime Dining We always pick Anytime Dining, as opposed to Traditional Seating Dining, as we like to eat early (5:15-5:30), so that we can get a good seat for the shows that start at 7:15. This works out well for us. Dan and I don’t like to sit at a big table with people that we don’t know. I would eat in the buffet over having to do that. Maybe because I’m in sales and I talk to people all day for a living, I just don’t want to do it on a cruise. Susan and Ron had found a waiter (Jonathon and his assistant waiter Elmer) that they liked at the end of their last cruise, so we asked for them each night that we ate in there. They were polite, efficient and fun. They didn’t have a 4 top table empty, so they put us in a 6 top by the window. It seemed like the same people were sitting at the same tables around us most nights. One evening we did have something funny happen. A hostess that we had not seen before walked up with 2 people and sat them down with us, after we had already ordered and were eating our appetizers. The look of confusion on all of our faces must have been apparent, because she stopped as she walked away and asked if there was a problem. We said “no, no problem” and welcomed our tablemates. They smiled and nodded at us when we introduced ourselves and then we realized that they didn’t speak English. They said that they were from Bejing and nodded “no” when we asked if they spoke English. They did understand us a bit, so we communicated by pointing, nodding and smiling. The lady pointed to my husband and to his sister, sitting on either side of me, indicating that she could tell that they were related. Susan put up 6 fingers to tell her that there were 6 siblings and she laughed, so she did understand that. We had steak and lobster that evening and Jonathon brought out an extra lobster tail for Dan and for Ron. I didn’t waste any time in snagging it for myself, LOL Somehow, while I was talking, Dan told Jonathon that I didn’t want dessert and to bring me a plate with the words NOTHING written on it when he brought out desserts. He complied and everyone had a good laugh, even our Chinese tablemates and they even took a picture of the plate. Jonathon did bring me out my Love Boat Dream, that I ordered every single night we were in there, so all was good! Overall, the food was good, everything was cooked the way that we ordered it and it was served in a timely manner. Our waiters were friendly and prompt. No complaints from us! Horizon Court/Café Caribe We ate breakfast about half of the time up in the HC. I would get my coffee in the IC, though, and bring it up with me. The food in the buffet was good, not great. Dan ate lunch in there most days and he said that every time he went, he found something up there that he was happy with. We ate supper up there two nights (Mexican night and German night). Everyone enjoyed the food on Mexican night German night, I brought in a hot dog from the grill, so I was happy, LOL The only complaint that I have is it was hard to find a table at lunch time. Many times we had to walk around a few times before a table was available. A little more seating in this venue would be great. Salty Dog Grill I consider myself a hot dog connoisseur (yes, I’m serious!) and I have to say that their hot dogs are A+++! I ate one every single day for lunch and twice for dinner. Okay, I admit it, some days at lunch I ate 2. They are just that good. Dan had cheeseburgers there several times and he said that they were always very good. He had thought about ordering an Ernesto burger, but didn’t want to wait the 20 minutes that it takes to cook. We like that the food is served in baskets as opposed to plates, as it made carrying them around easier. International Café I went to the IC early most days for coffee. Some days we ate breakfast there, some days I took my coffee up to the buffet. Dan enjoys the breakfast sandwiches there, along with the banana walnut bread. My only complaint at the IC is what they DON’T serve any longer. I kept going down, looking at the desserts to see if this is the day that one of my 3 favorite desserts were being served. I was disappointed for several days in a row. Finally, I asked a lady when they were going to have the peanut butter pudding with the chocolate on it and she shook her head and said “discontinued”. Then I asked about the tiramisu….”discontinued”. Then I asked about the chocolate/vanilla layered dessert…you guessed it….”discontinued”! These were my 3 favorite desserts from there. I have to say that the desserts that they did have, just seemed blah to me, so I only had one, that I didn’t even finish. I was quite disappointed. Dan and Sue were both happy to see that the pistachio pudding was on the menu several different days. They both imbibed, to make sure that the powers-that-be knew that it was a good menu selection. I still enjoyed my coffee, but I have to admit that my love flame for the IC definitely dwindled a tad bit! My hubby, however, enjoyed several of the new desserts that he tried. We both really like their sandwiches and he loves the shrimp salad that they offer. Production Shows The last 2 cruises (Royal Princess and Regal Princess) that we had completed had excellent production shows. We were really looking forward to the shows on this one, because they were produced by the same person. I have to say that I didn’t enjoy either of the production shows(Encore and Magic to Do) on this cruise near as much as the past 2 cruises. They weren’t bad, but they weren’t really good either. They had good moments, but not really any great moments. The singers were good, but not great. The dancers seemed to be slightly off on most of their dances. Not bad, but not good, either. Average, I would say. Neither of the 2 production shows were something that I would have went back the next night to watch for a second time, while I would have the ones on our last 2 cruises. Other Entertainment We saw the comedy show by Troy Thirdgill. He was excellent. Very funny show. I would see him! He did 2 different shows on our cruise, before departing the ship. We really loved the ventriloquist/singer/variety show performed by Michael Minor. He had 2 shows and we attended both. He could do really good impressions, without moving his mouth, and it seemed like the puppet was actually talking. Very entertaining. We attended a performance by Stephanie Hodgdon, who was singing a rock tribute to the Kings & Queens of Rock and Roll. I really enjoyed her performance of Dreams, by Fleetwood Mac. She totally nailed Bette Midler’s The Rose. I felt that those songs were in her wheelhouse and I would have preferred more of those type of songs. She did a good job on the rock songs, but I don’t think that Helter Skelter was really the best choice for the Princess Cruise Crowd. Overall, she was good. Not great, but good. We also attended two shows by Gary Lovini, who was a violinist. He was very talented and entertaining. I would watch him again. I did enjoy the Sweet Soul Music Show and the Blame it On the Boogie Show by the Princess Singers and Dancers and I felt that they did a pretty good job on that, but those were songs that I really, really like, so that might have something to do with it. Cruise Staff Our Cabin Stewart was very good. I told Dan it was like he was a little stealth ninja, sneaking into the room every time we left to tidy it up! He always seemed to get in there and do his job. He kept our ice bucket filled and our towels refreshed, so no complaints from me. He was friendly, but I really didn’t see him much! The Cruise Director, Peter Tredgett ,did a great job. I can’t say that I remember any Cruise Director’s from past cruises, but I will remember Peter. We enjoyed him and we seemed to see him about the ship. I did have a bit of personal interaction with him, as I won an Instagram Contest that they had. Peter had asked us to take selfies around the ship, post them on Instagram and #crownprincess. I posted several pictures and was surprised to have a voicemail from Peter on the last day that they especially liked my selfie with the wait staff from formal night and the one from the disco party and that I was the winner and would receive something in my cabin later that day. We were both excited, as were Susan and Ron, as we contemplated what the prize would be! A free cruise? A Princess Gift Card? No, it was better than that! It was a stuffed Stanley Bear, LOL All kidding aside (I wasn’t really expecting a cruise, I figured it would be a bottle of bubbly, which I have won before), the bear is very cute! I did have the opportunity to be in need of assistance from Passenger Services, and they did a fine job. I will discuss that in a bit! All of the other staff we encountered were friendly and helpful. It did seem like there were less bar staff working around the pools, taking orders and delivering drinks. But, the ones I did see were friendly. MUTS When we first started cruising, we LOVED MUTS. We had said that we wouldn’t want to cruise on a ship without it. Now, we hardly use it. Whoever decides the lineup/schedule needs to rethink what they are doing. On sea day they did have a movie at 10am, but at 12:30 or so they played a concert. In the past, they would play another movie. The next thing was usually a concert again. This is prime sun time. They should be playing movies. Then sometime between 3 and 3:30 they would start a movie. Usually it was a decent movie. But, who can sit there until 5:30 to watch a movie? Most people need to go and start getting ready for dinner, especially on formal night. It would have been better to play the movie around 1 and then play concerts late afternoon, where people aren’t really watching it any way. They did have some good movies playing, but WHY do they need to keep playing Mama Mia!! Then, to add insult to injury they played Mama Mia 2!! Seriously, stop it! It’s played on there for YEARS. Stop it! The movies in the evenings looked like they were well attended. The weather was perfect for it, too. Ports Aruba. We had never been to Aruba and had wanted to cruise there for several years. We love the B & C of the ABC Islands (Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao), so we figured we would love Aruba, too. It was warm and beautiful. We booked a snorkeling excursion through a company we found on Trip Advisor, Aruba Watersports Center, and they did a great job. They were friendly and helpful. The snorkeling was better in Bonaire, but I was very happy with Aruba Watersports. If you want a strong rum punch, they make some good ones! Woo baby! After snorkeling, we went back to the ship to drop off of stuff and grab a bit of lunch. We then walked into town to do a little shopping. The shopping there was pretty good. When it was time to head back to the ship, I put my hand in my pocket and realized that I had lost my cruise card. I have never done this before. I have to admit I panicked a bit, LOL. To complicate matters, I didn’t have ANY ID with me. Every other time I carried my passport card, but this time I ran out without it. When I got up to the first security checkpoint, I didn’t have ANYTHING to show them. I told them my story and they looked on the ship manifest and they let me in. My dear husband, was standing behind me telling the lady that he didn’t know me and I looked shady. I had to repeat this again when I got to the ships security check point. They asked me my info and cabin number and they cross checked it with the photo that they had taken of me. They let me on the ship and told me to go to Passenger Services to get a replacement card. Yeah! I wasn’t stranded in Aruba! But, I guess if you have to get stuck somewhere, it might as well be Aruba! Passenger Services was friendly and they made me a replacement card quickly. Another crisis averted. Bonaire. We had been to Bonaire last year and LOVED it. The snorkeling was wonderful. I booked a private excursion with Woodwind, as we had used them last year. A few weeks before we sailed, I received an email from Woodwind that they “had to take their boat out of the water and will not be doing any trips March 31st”. When I asked for a recommendation, they recommended Sea Cow. I tried to book them independently, but they had already contracted with Princess for that day. So, I went on Princess’s site and booked it. I highly recommend the Sea Cow folks. They were friendly, knowledgeable, and I would definitely use them again. The snorkeling in Bonaire was better than in Aruba. I also think we saw more fish and a bigger variety of species than we did last year. I did have a bit of a mishap, about half way through, I got stung by a jellyfish! I had no idea what had happened, just that my leg was burning pretty badly and it hurt. Two people that were behind me in the water were stung, also. Then, I saw a few of them around me. I told our guide and she said not to worry about it and that she would pour some vinegar on it when we got to the boat. It hurt, but it makes a good story now! LOL By the next day, the marks were no longer visible. Grenada. We had also been in Grenada last year, so we decided to just do a beach day. We found a nice beach and rented 4 chairs. It was a nice relaxing day, no complaints! Dominica. Last year we were supposed to go to Dominica, but they changed the port to Martinique, due to the hurricane damage. After speaking to a guy in Grenada about a great place to snorkel in Dominica, so I went online to try and book something for the next day, but I couldn’t find anything. So, we decided to file that info away until next time and just explore a bit. Susan and Ron went on an excursion through Princess and Dan and I headed into town to explore and shop. The port where we docked had a lot of construction materials around and not really any shopping. The Regal was parked at the other dock and there was shopping down there. It was about a 30 minute walk, so we decided to go walk out breakfast off. It was an easy walk and there were sidewalks most of the way. When we got to the “town” area, we looked for shopping, but we seemed to be in a not-so-great area, so we headed back to the area around the Regal. There were lots of vendors set up shop there and we found a shirt for hubby and a dress for myself, so we hopped on a shuttle ($2/each) and went back to our ship. When we were sailing away from port, the Regal played the theme from The Love Boat to us. Everyone loved it. That was one of my favorite things when we sailed on the Regal and the Royal. Sea Day. We had 2 sea days at the beginning of the cruise and I wouldn’t even mention this third one, but it was rather exciting, so I will. We were sitting in the IC having coffee/breakfast and Dan looked out and said “a whale”! We all looked out just in time to see a whale jump, again! We watched for a while and saw it jump several times. It could have been a couple whales, but we only saw one up in the air at a time. It was only about 100 yards from the ship and it was like he was showing off for us. We had a perfect view from the 5th deck. Susan went up to deck 7 to watch for more whales and we went about our day. Dan and I ate lunch on our balcony and while we were sitting there, we saw several whales jumping in the horizon. Several, as in approx. 30 different jumps. It was such a pleasant surprise, as we weren’t expecting it at all. St. Thomas We have been to St. Thomas several times and decided to just take a taxi to Megan’s Bay to swim. We should have brought our snorkel masks, but we didn’t. We had a great day on the beach and swimming, though. We had a few turtles that entertained us for a while, also. A taxi is $8 per person, each way and the admission to the beach was $5.00 It was a very nice beach day. Princess Cays. Many times I elect to stay on the boat at Princess Cays, as I enjoy the boat with less people. Dan decided to stay on the boat, but I went in with Susan and Ron. We waited until 10:30 and there was no wait for a tender ashore. We did take our snorkel equipment and we found chairs at the far end. The water was clear and beautiful and we had a wonderful beach day. While on the each, we saw what looked like a rainbow circling the sun. I had never seen that before and it seemed like 50 people were staring at the sun taking pictures. I took one, but it didn’t do it justice. I took the ferry back to the boat and ate a late lunch and then just relaxed on the balcony and read. Chair Hogs. I was so pleasantly surprised on this voyage! I did not see hardly anyone reserving chairs. You could go out at any time and find a fairly decent place to sit, even around MUTS. Everyone I encountered was being super polite and they were picking up their towels when they were leaving and they weren’t leaving a book/bag on a chair and walking away for hours at a time, like we have seen in the past. It was refreshing to see! Disembarkation. Usually we do walk off, as we need to head to the airport early and hop a flight. This time, our flights weren’t leaving until 3:15 pm, so we elected to stay on the ship as long as we could, LOL We had a 9:45 disembarkation time. We had a nice breakfast in the Horizon Court and then sat in the IC and then Michaelango until 9:45. It went very smoothly, we didn’t have to wait long and customs was a breeze! We were outside, hailing our Uber in no time. For 4 people, with luggage, to get from the port to the airport it was $28 and change. Not bad. Flights home were uneventful and now we are at home ready to work off the 6 pounds (me) and 8 pounds (hubby) that we gained. It was worth it! All in all, it was a great cruise. We had a bit of adventure with the passport, lost cruise card/lack of ID, jellyfish sting, but that just adds to the story! We have noticed several penny pinching things, but nothing too drastic, yet! We love Princess and will continue to support them, but hope that they don’t keep cutting out things here and there. We’ve heard that they hired a company to help them increase their profit margin, which is a good thing, unless it brings down the overall quality of the product. It was a wonderful 10 days and I wish that we were repeating it again soon! Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
We chose this cruise because our friends booked it in November 2018 and we thought it would be great to be together and it was wonderful!! All the staff no matter the rank were very polite, friendly and very helpful and great at their ... Read More
We chose this cruise because our friends booked it in November 2018 and we thought it would be great to be together and it was wonderful!! All the staff no matter the rank were very polite, friendly and very helpful and great at their jobs...from the wait staff in the morning, to the pool staff, our cabin stewards (Hank), etc. But, in particular we thoroughly enjoyed our 'anytime' dining almost 'every' evening with Caroline Villanueva, Ranie Samson and Jabulani Ngwenyo at table 508 in the Da Vinci dining room!! They helped to make it an extraordinary time with our friends! The food was very well presented each night and very good! Other than Aruba and St. Thomas and Bahamas...we would have skipped Bonaire, Dominica and Grenada!! The disembarkation element could/should be revised in our opinion. We were given a time of 7:45am to leave the ship and we stood for over an hour waiting for the 'walk-off' vacationers going first with allllll their luggage in tow...before we could go to the terminal for our luggage. We could have enjoyed a lovely breakfast if we had known about the others going first!!! Over all an excellent product, service and enjoyment! Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
We chose this cruise to better enjoy the best parts of the Caribbean, currently the southern part, and to specifically enjoy Bon Aire. We normally are all about Princess, but this cruise seemed off probably because many were at the ... Read More
We chose this cruise to better enjoy the best parts of the Caribbean, currently the southern part, and to specifically enjoy Bon Aire. We normally are all about Princess, but this cruise seemed off probably because many were at the contract's end. The selection of food with variety was way below the standard for what I think Princess does, but there seems to be a large dichotomy across ships whether they sail from the SE side of America or the Western. We always try to get the balcony on the end of the 14th floor on this ship and we did. We love this cabin. The entertainment was great with the new show. There were parts that were surreal, but some of the new concepts with the visualization of the dancing wind was very very good and new. Grenada we will never go back too as we felt very unsafe very quickly off port and we have never felt that way in any port over the 100 days of travel we have done. Princess is noted for having less of kids attend and we do not have kids, so the kids were never seen much and when seen were well managed by parents that seemingly needed a vacation! LOL, ironic. BONAIRE is one of the most under rated islands. I would love to have an overnight there and skip Granada all together. The island is special. We live near ft Lauderdale's port, and the entry on to the ship is usually very smooth, but that is probably we know the tricks and the trade of it all. We would NOT take this trip again if Granada is not on there or if there is not a longer non-Sunday stay in Bon Aire. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
we were looking for a 10 day cruise with good hot weather, which we did get. We have been on this ship before and it has since been refurbished but I'm not sure what parts. It seemed exactly the same as 10 years ago. Maybe the ... Read More
we were looking for a 10 day cruise with good hot weather, which we did get. We have been on this ship before and it has since been refurbished but I'm not sure what parts. It seemed exactly the same as 10 years ago. Maybe the specialty restaurants which we did not go to. The cabins were exactly the same but with very mushy beds. We chose twin beds which were extremely small and too soft. They had very heavy duvets on the beds which might have ok on a trans ocean crossing but far too hot for the caribbean. The ports we went to were just ok. Bonair was very interesting. We took a ship excursion in Grenada but the driver just took us to each stop and opened the door to the van and told us nothing. I complained at the ship but they just apologized. At St.Thomas we would have had to take a taxi to town which was charging $5. per person for approx.2miles. We didn't bother. The Princess Cays was very nice. A nice time to swim in the ocean. Entertainment is very good on the Princess which is one of the reasons we keep coming back, but I would go on a newer ship if we do it again. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
The staff on princess cruise made my vacation the best vacation ever!!! Everyone was so attentive kind and very helpful. Anytime I needed directions they always knew how to direct me. The steward kept my room clean and even after it was ... Read More
The staff on princess cruise made my vacation the best vacation ever!!! Everyone was so attentive kind and very helpful. Anytime I needed directions they always knew how to direct me. The steward kept my room clean and even after it was cleaned and I took a nap my bed was later remade and of course I loved the chocolate left on my bed each night. The waiters were awesome as well making sure my meal was the best. The entertainment on the ship was awesome. We got to know the staff very well and they were all so nice and friendly. We had a lot of laughs playing games and watching the different activities. I love Ed that we could grab a pizza slice late at night for a good snack. This was my first cruise and I now have fond lasting memories of the best vacation I’ve ever had. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
Went to islands we had not been to before. The ship was clean and well managed. There is obviously a lot of Elite members now cruising. Laundry warning about extra time for turn around of returned clean clothes was the first clue. ... Read More
Went to islands we had not been to before. The ship was clean and well managed. There is obviously a lot of Elite members now cruising. Laundry warning about extra time for turn around of returned clean clothes was the first clue. Dining room food choices are getting smaller with lots of unknown dishes being presented. Sabatini's and Crown Grill were better food in general and service in both was very good. Kind of confused by them having different wine lists. The wine we chose in Sabitini's, and all enjoyed was not available in Crown Grill. Strange since both are on the same ship. Regular dining room food seemed lackluster. A sign of the times in almost all cruise lines. Bottom lines are taking effect. Princess still ranks high for me but declining. Cruise staff was excellent as always and the hosted cruise critic event visit by a staff member was a great positive. Biggest complaint is still seat savers and deck chair hogs. All cruise lines need to enforce some more stringent rules! Overall meeting fellow passengers were a positive experience. I will still look at Princess first but continue to cruse by destination and itinerary. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
We chose this cruise since there were some islands on the itinerary that we hadn't been to before. We love the crew on the Crown so we wanted to sail on her again and this was our 4th time on her! We live in NE Florida so for a ... Read More
We chose this cruise since there were some islands on the itinerary that we hadn't been to before. We love the crew on the Crown so we wanted to sail on her again and this was our 4th time on her! We live in NE Florida so for a change we drove down to port the morning of the sailing. We parked our car at the Park N Cruise and caught the shuttle to port. We arrived around 11:45 and were onboard by Noon, just in time to get lunch in DaVinci dining room! Easy peasy! Our cabin was on Baja Deck, midship. Nice cabin, in very nice condition except for the AC...our cabin was very warm and it wouldn't cool down. I always bring a small battery operated fan so that helped. The "ventilation worker" came to our cabin a few times and customer service followed up several time to see how the cabin temp was. It did get a wee bit better and the last day they offered us some obc credit to make up for the issue. Our room steward, John was quick and efficient! We sailed on the Crown 25 day sailing in the Med last October and the food in the dining room was not good. This time however, the meals in the dining room were very good! Not a bad meal for the whole 10 days! Very impressed by the change! Our waiter and assistant waiter were both friendly and efficient! The new "late dining" time was 7:15 but they opened the doors at 7:05 most nights. The new time fit with what we like to do onboard and if you want to make it to one of the shows(9:15), it works well We ate in Crown Grill the first formal night, and it was lovely as usual! However, they rolled out the new wine list on our sailing and when we ordered a bottle in the Crown, they had a hard time finding it...took 20 minutes! We did try some of the new wines and were very pleased with our selections. We played Trivia several times and actually won 3-4 times! We attended several of the game shows which are always fun! We went to Kareoke and the Voice of the Ocean audiions and that is always entertaining! The cruise director staff was great! We particularly enjoyed Allwynn and Song! Very fun and funny! We didn't go to any of the shows in the Princess theater having seen many of them on our October cruise. We went to a few in the Explorers lounge and they were good. I played Bingo twice and was very dissappointed with the higher priced packages...even higher than just 5 months ago! And I found the hard sell on the "tablets" to be extremely irritating. Smallest tablet package was $69!!! Won't be playing bingo anywhere near as much as I used to. Very disappointing....but I must say this was the only real downside to this sailing. For one of the few times, we booked all Princess tours and they were good to excellent. Whale Watching in Dominica was a real highlight! And we also ventured to a sailing on the "AquaSpace" vessel, a one-of-a- kind 40 year old exploring boat that Jacque Cousteau used for some of his explorations! Very interesting and different! In Aruba the DePalm island beach break was nice and relaxing and included drinks and lunch. Overall, we found the Crown to be even better than before and it was reflected in being voted #2 ship in the fleet only behind the Regal! The health inspectors came onbaord mid cruise and gave the Crown 99 points!! That's really saying something for a ship as old as the Crown! I give credit to the Hotel General Manager, Andreas Pitsch for all the quality improvements....he is doing an excellent job! We will definitely sail on the Crown again! Read Less
Crown Princess Ratings
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Cabins 4.5 0.0
Dining 4.0 0.0
Entertainment 4.0 0.0
Public Rooms 4.0 0.0
Fitness Recreation 4.0 0.0
Family 4.5 0.0
Shore Excursion 5.0 0.0
Enrichment 4.0 0.0
Service 4.5 0.0
Value For Money 4.0 0.0
Rates 4.0 0.0

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